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Self Examinations for Oral Cancer – What You Need to Know

November 23, 2010 in Dentistry,Oral Cancer Screening by McCarl Dental Group

The American Cancer Society projects that more than 30,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Oral cancer is 90% curable when found early. Unfortunately, 70% of oral cancers are diagnosed in the late stages, and 43% of those diagnosed will die within five years. The mortality rate associated with oral cancer has not improved significantly during the last 40 years. The death rate from oral cancer is higher than Hodgkin’s lymphoma, melanoma, cervical and testicular cancer. Visit your dentist immediately if you have type of unusual sore, ulceration, growth, lesion or lump in your mouth.

The dentists and hygienists at McCarl Dental Group are trained in oral cancer screening. We perform careful oral cancer screening during each dental exam and when indicated use ViziLite combined with the American Dental Association recommended visual and tactile examination to improve early detection. McCarl dentists work very closely with oral surgeons in Greenbelt, Annapolis, Laurel and Severna Park Maryland and to provide comprehensive dental care for our patients.

Oral cancer has touched the lives of many people including:
•    Babe Ruth
•    Sigmund Freud
•    Jack Klugman
•    Aaron Spelling
•    Humphrey Bogart
•    Lana Turner
•    Eddie Van Halen
•    Rod Stewart
•    Bill Blass
•    Burl Ives
•    Sammy Davis, Jr.
•    George Harrison

It is important to be aware of changes in your mouth. These pictures will help teach you how to do a self exam for oral cancer so that if you see something suspicious, you can contact your dentist immediately for follow-up. Look for color changes from pink to white or pink to red as well as any ulcerations that do not disappear in a week or two.

Oral Cancer Self Exam Page 1

Oral Cancer Self Exam Page 2

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